Prolonged computer use can have a negative impact on children’s posture and health. This is particularly the case if they use laptops or netbooks that encourage users to hunch over their keyboards.
A survey last year by the British Chiropractic Association found that 45% of 11-18 year old UK schoolchildren had suffered from back pain in the last year.
Disturbingly, this figure jumped from 29% in a similar survey in 2002. The only thing that can account for this rise is the increase in computer usage amongst kids, due largely to the explosion in social networking.
For the first time the BCA also surveyed 6-7 year olds – 32% said they’d experienced back pain. I’m sure similar surveys in California would show similarly worrying trends.
Back pain and other computer-related health problems cause misery. Back pain is estimated to cost the US economy over $100bn per year, while as long ago as 1995 the UK Health and Safety Executive estimated the direct costs to UK businesses at £5.7bn. Back pain also restricts individuals’ ability to work, and their motivation to keep fit and active.
For the last 5 years I have been developing award-winning software, called PostureMinder, to help computer users improve their posture and adopt healthy computer habits.
PostureMinder Ltd is currently preparing a major initiative to offer our award-winning software free to UK and US schools to encourage good posture habits from an early age. This blog post is advance notice of our plans in this direction.
If you’re a parent, teacher or politician and are concerned about protecting the health and well-being of schoolchildren in your charge, please contact email@example.com for details of our schools initiative.
Let’s work together to help kids grow up with good posture and pain free!